Do you actually need to be good at mathematics to learn to program?

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Some people I know have told me that in order to be able to program, you need to be at least somewhat good at math. Is this true? Does it count only for some programming languages or all of them?

Aug 8th, 2015

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No.To be too good in math is not compulsory.Math and programming have a somewhat misunderstood relationship. Many people think that you have to be good at math or made good grades in math class before you can even begin to learn programming.

The majority of developers will tell you that they've never needed Math for their work.However in my opinion one should have the knowledge of Math to do his work effectively. Everything we do in our field is built upon solid mathematical principles at its root, so time spent keeping up your math skills is arguably never wasted. And it, once again, comes down to really understanding something rather than just using it by rote – math can help you understand everything you do more deeply, when it comes to computers. There’s a few areas of programming where some additional math knowledge might be needed.

Most of the people who are almost universally respected  in our field as great programmers are also great mathematicians.But then again these guys weren’t really developers, they were computer scientists, so it doesn't really count right?


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